Notification: Parks and Wildlife Service is part of the new Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

Aboriginal Ranger Program

  Expressions of Interest are now closed.

The State Government is developing an Aboriginal Ranger Program to create jobs and training and community development opportunities for Aboriginal people across a range of tenures in regional and remote communities across Western Australia.

The Government recognises the social, cultural and environmental benefits of Aboriginal ranger programs and is aware of the excellent work that has already been undertaken by established Aboriginal ranger groups throughout the State. Such programs have provided an integral step towards improved community wellbeing and reducing poverty through economic opportunities and building leadership in remote and regional communities.

Aboriginal Rangers working on a Crocodile fence at the Ord River Nature Reserve
Aboriginal rangers working on a crocodile fence at Ord River Nature Reserve.

The Government has committed $20 million to the program over five years, which will see $4 million available each year to Aboriginal organisations, corporations and ranger groups.

Aboriginal ranger program 

Commencing in 2017-18, the program will train and employ Aboriginal people as rangers to undertake land and sea management activities including:

  • biodiversity monitoring and research
  • traditional knowledge transfer
  • fire management
  • cultural site management
  • feral animal and weed management
  • cultural awareness and immersion experiences
  • tourism management
  • education programs and mentoring.

The program will also assist Aboriginal communities to identify land management priorities and opportunities, build community and organisational capacity and invest in direct training opportunities.


Led by the Aboriginal community and Aboriginal organisations with support from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and across government, the program will help Aboriginal organisations to manage country and protect the environment across WA in partnership with the public and private sectors.

Consultation with Aboriginal organisations is occurring to ensure Aboriginal knowledge and aspirations inform the design and delivery of the program.

Funding will be available for jobs for Aboriginal rangers, training, and community development.

Expressions of interest closed on Tuesday 7 November 2017

For additional information please contact:

Aboriginal Ranger Program Coordinator
Phone: (08) 9219 9933
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